Speaker not holding the scales even: Congress

The party also targeted Speaker Sumitra Mahajan suggesting that she is “not holding the scales even”.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:August 7, 2014 1:53 am
Sumitra Mahajan comes out of Parliament on Wednesday. Source: Renuka Puri Sumitra Mahajan comes out of Parliament on Wednesday. Source: Renuka Puri

Powered by Rahul Gandhi’s aggressive offensive against the NDA government on the issue of a spurt in the incidents of communal violence, the Congress on Wednesday said an “atmosphere” and “ambiance” is being created to “provoke” and to create a “situation” which leads to communal disturbances in the country ever since the BJP government has come to power.

The party also targeted Speaker Sumitra Mahajan suggesting that she is “not holding the scales even”. The Congress attack came after Rahul lashed out at the Speaker after trooping into the Well of the House for the first time in his career as an MP demanding a discussion into rising incidents of communal violence.

“Our notice today was based on The Indian Express reports. Although, we had given a notice earlier, the reports in the last two days in The Indian Express strengthened our case,” Congress whip in Lok Sabha K C Venugopal who gave the notice along with Mallikarjun Kharge seeking suspension of Question Hour to discuss the issue said.

The Indian Express had on Tuesday reported that there have been over 600 “communal incidents” in UP since the Lok Sabha results, out of which 60 per cent are near the12 Assembly constituencies that are scheduled to go to polls over the next few months.

At the AICC briefing, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, “According to us an atmosphere, an ambiance is being created to facilitate, to invoke, to provoke and to create a situation where these things happen… In 12-15 constituencies going to the bypolls – almost 400 of these 600 incidents have occurred,” he said.

Hitting out at the Lok Sabha Speaker, he said the reasonable demand for a discussion on a matter of “such urgency” was rejected. “Unfortunately and we hate to say this but we are forced to say it and the Congress vice-president said it – this legitimate and reasonable demand is being ridden roughshod day in and day out,” he said.

He said the Speaker could have adjourned the House for a short while to meet the parties in her chamber on their demand, but she did not do it. On the other hand, “we believe the PM who was in the House sent a chit that he had to leave, the House was adjourned for 10-15 minutes to enable him to leave.”

“We, therefore, believe it is not the question of an individual, we believe that institutionally the Speaker is obliged to hold the scales especially on an issue based discussion like this… I think this is absolutely insensitive to the gravity of the issue we are raising,” he said.

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